André Rieu

Composers

Biography

Born: 1949; Maastricht, The Netherlands  
Violinist and conductor André Rieu emerged rapidly in the late 1980s as a latter-day Waltz King, specializing in light classics and Viennese salon music. Rieu came from a suitably musical family: his father was the conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and a conductor at the Leipzig Opera, and most of André's brothers and sisters are professional musicians. The music that filled the Rieu household was mostly classical; Read more symphonies, chamber works, and operas provided the major fare. André trained as a violinist and singer and was for ten years a member of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.

It was during Rieu's conservatory training that an event occurred that changed the direction of his life and career. Rieu took a job to play a date in a salon ensemble, which entailed presenting dance and light music as it might have been heard in the palmy days before World War I. As part of that job, he played Franz Lehár's "Gold and Silver Waltz." As Rieu became involved in projecting "Gold and Silver" to the listeners, he found himself captivated by the lilt of the music and decided he wanted to continue making this kind of music.

Rieu formed a salon group in Maastricht that survived, with some personnel changes, from about 1982 to 1987. The group's instrumentation generally consisted of solo violin with violin, cello, double bass, and piano, sometimes with members of the group doubling on trumpet and glockenspiel. The group made a number of recordings recorded, first for Da Capo and then for Philips, the label with which Rieu has since remained associated.

Rieu presently founded a larger ensemble, adopting the historic name the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu and the Strauss Orchestra seek to recreate the spirit and ambience of a nineteenth-century Strauss appearance. As Johann Strauss and his brothers did, Rieu conducts while playing the violin, providing the beat with his bow and instrument and by motions of the body, virtually dancing the rhythm. The Strauss Orchestra's programs consist mainly of music by the Strausses and other composers of light music and operetta.

Rieu has written that he recognizes that the concert platform and the presence of a seated audience erects a barrier between players and listeners that was not typically a part of Strauss' own appearances, but he actively attempts to bridge this gap and involve the audience in the music. Accordingly, audiences have responded with great enthusiasm. Rieu's first CD, From Holland with Love, was an international best-seller, and subsequent CDs have enjoyed a similar success. Rieu's concerts throughout Europe and the United States consistenly sell out. The musician attributes such success to his ability to provide the romance of a bygone era, "the Vienna of the nineteenth century, with its palatial ballrooms, their walls fitted with resplendent mirrors and ornate chandeliers, the swish of swirling skirts and a sense of romance in the air." Read less
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  • 1.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Label: Polydor   Catalog: 3712329 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Mel Torme,  Stephen Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Carla Maffioletti,  André Rieu,  Mirusia Louwerse,  Kimmy Skota
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays
    Label: Universal Music Enterprises   Catalog: 001740802 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Reker,  Freya Cremers,  Marcel Falize,  Jennifer Kowalski  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
    Label: Hip-o Records   Catalog: 001747859 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
    Label: Hip-o Records   Catalog: 001740609 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Falize,  Marcel Falize,  Ward Vlasveld,  Boris Goldenblank  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Songs From My Heart / Andre Rieu
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 3707030 Release Date: 07/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    André Rieu - King Of The Waltz [4 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 2781648 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 937087 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Jacques Offenbach,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Durham
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Label: Polydor   Catalog: 799460 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Lovland,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Amanda McBroom,  Richard M. Sherman  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Mirusia Louwerse,  Roger Diederen,  Carmen Monarcha
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    Andre Rieu - A Celebration of Music [slimline case]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17780 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Andre Rieu - A Celebration of Music [slipcase]
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17800 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 924132 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Rodgers,  Franz Lehár,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Wilma Smith,  Geoffrey Payne,  Jack Harrison
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ponkin,  André Rieu,  Richard Bonynge,  Leonard Dommett  ... 
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    Label: Delta Leisure Group   Catalog: 1198583 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  André Rieu  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Andre Rieu Live In Sydney 2009
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 2726776 Release Date: 12/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Meredith Willson,  Georges Bizet,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Carmen Monarcha,  Kalki Schrijvers,  Mirusia Louwerse  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1578880 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  William Steffe,  Giulio Caccini,  William Henry Monk  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  David Hobson,  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals],  Paul Stanhope  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein,  Guy Noble,  Lyn Williams,  Brett Weymark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantillation,  Army Reserve Pipes & Drums,  Ensemble Cymru  ... 
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    Live From Dresden - Wedding At The Opera / Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17791 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Label: Universal   Catalog: 1795401 Release Date: 05/26/2009  
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Andre Rieu - Greatest Hits
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17730 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 20.
    Around The World With Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17660 Release Date: 12/02/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 21.
    André Rieu - Live In Vienna
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17696 Release Date: 09/30/2008  
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 22.
    Live In Vienna - Mozart, Lehar, Etc / Andre Rieu, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17689 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 23.
    André Rieu Live
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179052 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Kenneth Alford,  Traditional
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 24.
    Merry Christmas - André Rieu / Rieu, Et Al
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179062 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Irving Berlin,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 25.
    On A Blue Evening With André Rieu
    Label: Cnr Music (Netherlands)   Catalog: 179072 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Kenneth Alford,  Traditional
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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